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For anyone worried that Matt Reeves was done with the monkey business following ‘War For the Planet Of the Apes,‘ which is coming out this Friday, July 14th, you need not fear for the future of the ape franchise. The prolific director has made it clear that he has many more plans for the world he has created with his ‘Planet of the Apes’ films, and not even a ‘Batman’ movie will be enough to deter him from coming back to that world and continuing to tell these stories.

During a recent interview with Fandango, Reeves spoke of his plans for the next ‘Planet of the Apes’ film, and how a new character from ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ could inform much of the plot for the sequel:

“Well, for me the idea of these stories is that they’re leading on a trajectory toward the originals. What I’m interested in, and what I’m excited about, is the journey toward them; because the story no longer is about what happens — we know what happens — it becomes Planet of the Apes. But the world that’s described in each film is different from the world that we know from the ’68 film, and it becomes an opportunity to explain how we get there, and that becomes an opportunity to hold a mirror up to human nature. And really, when we’re looking at this ape nature, we’re looking at ourselves as reflected in these apes, that’s why we identify with them.”

Reeves went on to talk about how the “bad ape” could shape the future of the franchise, from a storytelling perspective:

“When [co-writer] Mark [Bomback] and I came up with the idea for Bad Ape in War, that was to imply the idea that there would be apes out there in the world that Caesar and his apes knew nothing of, and that they wouldn’t have had the benefit of Caesar’s leadership and the values that he had instilled in his community,” he said. “Future conflicts in this kind of epic journey [may] take us toward the ’68 movie without necessarily ever getting there [and] could be about conflicts between apes, not just conflicts between humans and apes. And so, to me there are many more exciting stories to be told, and I would love to tell those stories.”

Are you excited to hear about Reeve’s plans for the future of the franchise? Are there any elements from the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ that you are looking forward to seeing introduced in the future? Share your thoughts and hopes for the next installment in the comments below!